What's the best DSLR for beginners
9 May 16
@toniganzon I've heard before that Canon has the best lenses. Don't have much knowledge about these things though. I just love taking pictures and make do with what I have to do that - a point and shoot camera or even my smart phone.
• United States
17 Nov 10
I got a DSLR for my birthday in June by my brother in law and sister and they recommended me getting a Nikon D40 as a beginner. If you look up reviews, it is recommended as the beginner dslr :) My brother in law is into Nikon and photography so of course they got it for me and I love it :) I recommend you getting a Nikon! good luck :D
• United States
18 Oct 10
Most DSLRs on the market are excellent cameras and I'm sure you'll be satisfied with any brand. It really comes down to personal preference! What type of lenses are available for the camera? Image quality comes more from the lens than the camera, so you need to make sure the lenses you want will work with your camera! What type of memory does it take? Some DSLRs take CF cards, which can be more difficult to find than SD cards. Sony DSLRs take Pro Duo cards, which can be more expensive than SD or CF cards. If you already have memory cards for a point and shoot, you may want to get a DSLR that takes the same type of memory so you don't have to go out and buy new cards! If you want to save money on a DSLR, I highly recommend buying a used one! Especially for your first DSLR. Adorama.com and BHPhotoVideo.com are very reputable photo websites, and both of those websites have a used section with cameras in excellent condition. You can also search eBay.com for used DSLRs. Or check out the used selection at your local camera shop!
• United States
16 Nov 10
There are some great suggestions on here. The only thing I would add is don't limit yourself to a "beginners" camera. Get something with enough features and flexibility to "grow into" as your skills improve. I too cannot comment on Pentax, since the last two Pentax's I owned were film cameras. My suggestion for right now is go with a Canon option as Canon seems to offer the most lens for the dollar. If money is no object, I might look into Nikon. Most importantly, go to a store, hold these cameras, go through the menus, flip their knobs and switches. Find the one that is the best fit for you and makes teh most sense to operate by feel and without looking at the menus a whole lot. Also, try to have an idea in mind what sort of photography you plan to do most. That way if you have need for high speed, or low light, or panoramic, you can see if the camera offers something that will help you as you learn.
• United States
7 Oct 10
I like the Canon Rebel. In my research Nikon is another good brand. There are a couple of things that you should look at when buying a DSLR camera. First once you start with a camera and start buying lens you are locked into that brand or you take a hit when you change brands because the lens are not compatible across the brands. Canon and Nikon have a large selection of lens and have a number of other lens makers who make lens for both Canon and Nikon. This is important as you can buy non brand lens for your camera and save some money and still get a quality lens. As far as the Pentax kx I know very little about this camera but Pentax has a very good reputation in the Film SLR market. Their Pentax K camera is still used in many schools as a starter camera for teaching photography. The next question is why are you interested in a DSLR camera? If you are looking at general photography you might be better off with a high end point and shoot camera. For Canon it is their Powershot G series with the latest being the G11. These are great cameras and let you do most of the things you can do with a DSLR except you don't have to carry around the big camera and the extra lens. I have a Canon D50 for my work camera but have used the Canon G9 as a travel camera and it is a great little camera. i don't know what the Nikon P&S high end is called but if you want quality photos without having to change lens you might want to consider some of the high end DSLR like P&S cameras.
• Mumbai, India
7 Oct 10
Hello Toniganzon :) Yesss Pentax cameras are the most neglected but world-class brands other than nikon and canon. Pentax K-X is an awesome camera, but I would say that you check out the battery life and issues it has with batteries. This is the only issue depending on "personal choice" as to which battery a person prefers. Pentax k-x has the option of using "AA size batteries". You did not mention your budget. If you have a good budget You might check out Nikon D5000, Its an upper entry level DSLR and best rated everywhere. Nikon has launched a successor of D3000 which is a new D3100, the upgrades being full HD video shooting and liveview which the earlier model lacked. All these above cameras have video shooting and are really very good for beginners. All range between 570-699 $. You might check out all these with respect to their compatibility with different lenses. In pentax I think all old pentax lenses can be used with k-x, besides it comes in different colours a unique facility which no other camera in the market has :) you may check out :- www.pentaxforums.com for the reviews of k-x and other information regarding to this pentax machine ;) hope this helps, have a happy time mylotting:)